It’s Mardi Gras time! Want to score lots of beads at this year’s Galveston Mardi Gras without catching any thrown from floats and too shy to flash anyone? Don’t say impossible. My friends and I did it by creating an on-impulse “tradition” and having the confidence to pull it off. Check out our haul in pictures and then don’t be afraid to try it yourself!
How it happened
A few years ago, these same friends thought it would be fun to arrive early at the Galveston Mardi Gras and get up close spots for the Krewe of Gambrinus Parade. The Krewe parade covers a three-mile route starting at the Seawall and 57th street.
To hold onto our front row positions, the plan was apparently to lean against the cold barrier rail and wait until the parade got there. To keep warm, we took turns running inside to Mo Betta’ market to get plastic sippy cups of Chardonnay.
Waiting is not something I do well. Like a three-year old, I get restless when I’m bored. Even worse, some people were walking around, showing off the bounty of beads they had caught at earlier parades, festivals, and parties. Now, not only was I bored, I was also beadless. I felt like the only girl at my high school homecoming without a giant,beribboned mum.